Rachel Elizabeth Silver

by | May 4, 2023 | Obituaries

NORFOLK – Rachel Elizabeth Silver, 59, died on April 28, 2023.

The beloved daughter of Paula Russel of Norfolk, sister to James Silver of Florida, and loyal friend to people across the country, Rachel and her booming spirit will be greatly missed. She was intelligent, talented, clever, and funny, and would be happy to tell you exactly that.

When Rachel wasn’t writing advertising copy for clients from Virginia to Florida, New York, Michigan, Ohio and beyond, she could be found throwing together an impromptu dinner party for 10, making eclectic mix tapes from her vast trove of music and knowledge, or holding forth on one of the countless topics about which she was both passionate and always right. Rachel championed many causes and supported others in so many ways. She had an encyclopedic memory and was liable to belt out the complete lyrics to any song, at any time. Rachel was a tenacious trivia partner, uninhibited dancer, fiercely loyal friend, and lifelong cat whisperer.

She was predeceased by her beloved step-father Tom Russel.

A celebration of Rachel’s life took place at Chevra T’hilim Synagouge/The Jewish Museum and Cultural Center in Portsmouth. H.D. Oliver Funeral Apartments.